House Bill 1383 was defeated by a vote of 28-83 in April of 2011. Sponsored by Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago), this bill would have allowed farmers to get permits to grow hemp, a low-THC varietal of the cannabis plant. Hemp fiber can be used in clothing, paper, cosmetics, and ethanol. Currently the US Imports the majority of the hemp it uses from China (we use it, we just don't grow it?), with China being the leader, and India in second. Until the 1940's hemp was a viable option for Illinois farmers, yielding over 250% the yield of cotton... the tough crop requires little to no pesticides and can be eaten as well. All it takes is 90 days. This industrial hemp does not have the amount of THC required to induce euphoria... yet lawmakers are saying it could possibly help people hide marijuana plants. Yet, if a permit were required the government could check in on growers if needed, so there shouldn't be an issue there. Saying a small amount of THC should be the deciding factor, is like saying let's throw out the breathalyzer and punish people for taking cough medicine... or how about we start carding people for Kombucha. If you are religious or not, the Bible says And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. - Genesis 1:29 This not just a matter of concentration of a chemical, but a God given right. If we use the Bible to say Gay marriage and Abortion are illegal, how then do we use it to prohibit the growth of hemp? If we get 100,000 votes we can begin to contact the Illinois General Assembly.